Sports Passion Rewarded with Gold!

Eastfield College Sports Award with Glint Advertising

When Eastfield College provided glint the opportunity to rebrand the athletic department and sports brands for their school, we were excited to get to work. After months of research and concepting, the new brand came to life, and we were incredibly satisfied with the result. The sharp blue and orange colors connected with the existing college brand and the bold bee graphic correlated well with the intensity and passion needed in sports. The cartoonist approach also helped maintain an approachable feeling that could connect with audiences of any age.

Confirmation quickly came that we weren’t the only people that thought it looked great and hit the mark! The design was entered into a sports advertising competition with an astounding result. The brands were assessed by a panel of national sports marketing and advertising professionals based on creativity, marketing execution, and impact. We had high hopes for a positive result in the competition, so high in fact that our hopes were validated by winning the gold medal in our category.

“As an agency, we were ecstatic for our client, and that the hard work of our team was recognized with this honor in the rapidly growing area of sports advertising and marketing,” said Craig Lloyd, President, Glint Advertising. “Furthermore, we are grateful for the opportunity that Eastfield college provided us. We hope to continue receiving recognition for Eastfield and our other clients that showcase the talent and quality in our partnerships.”

Glint has been helping clients define, refine and hone their brand strategy and image since 2000, we would love to talk with you. Email us at agency@glintadv.com or better yet, give us a call at 817-616-0320.

7 Questions to ensure you don’t get duped into SEO

SEO Considerations

Much like an online dating site, at first glance SEO can seem quite attractive. You correspond back and forth, and when you feel you have a connection, it’s time to meet and take your discussions to the next level. You start prepping for the big day, get your hair just right, put on your best outfit…afterall, you’ve bought into the initial connection, and you’re ready to impress.

You finally get together anticipating a smooth continuation of the initial impression that was advertised only to discover their initial image is not what you’re seeing now. Not to say looks and first impressions are everything, but let’s be honest…they’re essential. Needles to say, it’s now a little uncomfortable and you feel you’ve been duped and getting duped is not OK.

Setting the right expectations up front is crucial to any relationship. Especially relationships in business where trust, honesty, and a strong ROI are needed to gain long-term prosperity.

Like the example above, there are unfortunately many businesses that would like you to believe they’re the best partner for you, when in fact, they have no intention of ever developing a genuine relationship built on trust. The lack of delivering on intentions can be devastating for companies needing expert assistance to help propel their marketing and advertising strategies forward, especially in the realms of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Many of us have been conditioned to believe that SEO is all about one thing, having our site listed in the number one spot on Search Engines. Though strong ranking is a by-product of good SEO, should that really be the goal? We find the real purpose of SEO should be to attain more customers. A strategy that actually converts visitors is what pays the bills and grows the brand.

The strategy Glint takes on SEO is very comprehensive. Everything from creating unique content, link building, citation building & management, keyword management, reputation management, and monthly analytical reporting are utilized. Also, we set clear expectations around the length of time SEO takes to implement correctly and that the strategy should be created for long-term impact vs. short-term boost.

Before you become disappointed with an SEO strategy that looks great in the beginning, below are seven questions to help ensure your brand has long-term success?

  1. “Please discuss your experience in branding and how you ensure my brand integrity is never compromised by the content you generate.”
  2. “What kind of content will you be generating to drive results?”
  3. “How often will you be generating unique content for us?”
  4. “Do you utilize an in-house team or is the management of our content outsourced?”
  5. “Please elaborate on how you approach link building and the systems you use to accomplish this.”
  6. “On average, how many links per month will you be researching for us?”
  7. “How do you protect our company during the link building process?”

Asking pointed questions like these up-front will help you vet those that have your best interest at heart and establish a good foundation for the relationship based on clear expectations.

In conclusion, we believe that every agency should be able to create visually impactful assets that get you noticed. However, without first understanding YOU and your goals, it’s impossible to discover if you’re an excellent fit for each other. By taking the time to listen and setting clear expectations up front, you can ensure a positive outcome that won’t leave you feeling duped.

To download a more in-depth overview of considerations for choosing an SEO partner, click here.

If adding a layer of support to your marketing team would be beneficial, we would love to talk with you. Email us at agency@glintadv.com or better yet, give us a call at 817-616-0320.

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Social Strategy Trumps Social Media

Social Strategy

Glint has a question for you today… Would you ever stick your son or daughter in a car, the moment they turned 16, without having any previous driving experience? In other words, would you allow your kid to drive without ever having taken a driver’s education course?

You are probably shaking your head, thinking to yourself, “Absolutely not!” Which is a good thing, it means you’re a responsible parent and you understand putting your child on the road without any experience could mean placing them and other people in danger.

You are probably wondering, how does this have anything to do with social media? Well, while social media isn’t a several ton vehicle capable of going 100+ miles per hour down the interstate, it is still a tool or vehicle of transportation for your brand’s message and should be treated as such.

Every day, we see brands with a ton of potential take charge of their social media accounts (without any previous education) and tarnish their brand. If you don’t remember anything else from this article, please remember this —

“No social media presence is better than bad social media presence.”

This is a difficult concept to grasp because, for a lot of brands, social media evokes a feeling of FOMO (fear of missing out). Brands feel that if they aren’t on every platform or using every tool, they will be forgotten about.

And between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and [fill in the blank], there is a lot to try and keep up with. But, social media and the dozens of tools that have been created to power it, is useless (and at times even detrimental) if you don’t understand how to use it. So, how do you use it? Keep reading, and we will share some of our thoughts on the matter.

How to Use Social Media
In order to get the most out of social media, you need to ensure you have a solid foundation. To use another metaphor, if social media is your tool or rocket that your brand uses for lift off, the creative and messaging associated with your brand is the foundation that the rocket sits upon. The rocket is useless without a solid foundation.

Glint helps our clients ensure they are using proper strategy developed by our experts, that way they are getting the highest return on social media.

More on Social Media Strategy
You may be wondering, that’s great, so how do I design a great social media strategy? Well, in order to design a social media strategy that will deliver a high return, you will need to have a deep understanding of your brand, what you stand for and how you are being perceived.

Something that may sound rudimentary at first glance, but something that actually requires an extreme amount of creativity and experience working with brands — this is an artform called branding and something that Glint is very strong at. Check out some branding work we’ve done.

After we have worked with you on defining your brand, we can then go about designing a social media strategy that is right for you, along with the social media platforms that fit this strategy.

If you are interested in learning more about how to use social media and how to develop a social media strategy that is right for you, please don’t hesitate to connect with us here or call us at (817) 616 – 0320.

Ad Agencies are to Blame… For Everything.

Ad AgencyMost people believe that John Wooden goes down in history as being the greatest basketball coach to ever live and with a winning percentage of .804 and over 10 NCAA championships… well, let’s just say that here at Glint we certainly can’t disagree with this belief. What’s interesting is the greatest basketball coach of all time won 80% of the games he played, which is a mind-boggling percentage but during his 29 years as a college coach, he lost approximately 162 games.

That is a lot of lost games.

In fact, if you were to stack these losses on top of one another, it would equate to 5.5 basketball seasons (years) of straight losses. The point we are trying to make here is that building a championship basketball program is not unlike building a championship brand–– it takes time, it takes patience, it takes resilience, it takes devotion, and it takes the ability to zoom out and look at the bigger picture. And just like a college basketball program must stick together through the highs and lows of their journey towards greatness, companies and agencies must do the same in their journey towards building a championship brand. Both brands and agencies should prepare and expect to encounter rough waters, and when they do, they need to remember they are on the same team.

Here at Glint, we would never take on John Wooden when it comes to coaching basketball, but we know a thing or two about coaching and building great brands–– in fact, since 2000, we have been doing everything in our power to help brands make the best decisions and create the highest ROI. We believe there are a number of skills great advertising agencies must have to successfully build a great brand, but today we are going to concentrate on three core competencies–– Branding, Copywriting and the ability to blend old practices with new ones.

Understanding the Art & Science of Branding
Branding is much more than just a logo or a symbol; it is the art and
science of aligning what you want people to think of your company with what they actually think of your company. It is a promise of what consumers can expect when they purchase your product or service.

At Glint, we are experts at branding, and everything we do begins and ends with the brand in mind. Our attention to detail in regards to branding has allowed us to help build world-class brands and movements like DSG Arms, Think Before You Sleep and Kaner Medical Group. You can read more on the art and science of brand building here.

Writing Dang Good Copy
Bruce Bendinger, one of the world’s greatest copywriters to ever live, said it best when defining copy—

“Copywriting is a job. A skilled craft. Verbal carpentry. Words on paper. Scripts to time. And one more thing. Salesmanship.”

Now, this definition is perhaps a bit romantic/dramatic, but we are an advertising agency, we live and die in the pursuit of creating the perfect ad. Writing copy lays the foundation of the brand and is one of the essential steps of branding, which we discussed in our earlier point. Here at Glint, we strive to write copy that ignites something in the customer, that moves them into action, that evokes emotion and that ultimately get them to bite. You can read more about the process we take when writing copy here.

Merging the Old with the New
While both branding and copywriting are concepts that have been around for ages, advertising and marketing practices are constantly changing. A great ad agency must have the ability to blend the old with the new––merging the old foundational elements of advertising, like branding with the new more innovative practices like integrated marketing, social media marketing and of course Search Engine Optimization.

While new technology allows us easier access to a wide range of audiences and customers, these mediums are useless if we aren’t practicing the foundational elements of advertising and marketing.

Understand What Makes a Great Agency & Together Have the
Patience, Resilience, and Devotion to Build a Great Brand
The goal of this article is to help you understand the skills and expertise it takes to build a great brand so that you can choose the right agency to partner with. If your advertising agency is currently doing the things we mentioned above, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. You just need to trust in the process and remember to zoom out and look at the bigger picture. While John Wooden’s losses were far from pleasant, they ultimately were what allowed him to win 10 NCAA championships.

At Glint, we are more concerned with winning our brands the championship, and that takes both time and patience. Our goal is to be proactive and work through challenges that inevitably come when competitors try to take the lead in the ballgame.

While we may lose the occasional game, we always take the series and ultimately win the championship. If you’re ready to win, reach out to Glint at www.glintadv.com or give us a call at 817-616-0320.

Snap Stock Is Out

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Snapchat, Inc, just released their IPO and people are going crazy over Snap stock. If you haven’t heard of Snapchat by now, then there’s a good chance you’ve been living under a rock. Snapchat is today’s most popular social media application among millennial’s. The app focuses on disposal content that you can share with friends between 1-to-10 seconds, or upload content to your ‘story’ that will stay active for 24 hours. Snapchat was initially created with the sole purpose of exchanging nude photos of one another, and though the app is still infamously known for that, Snapchat offers a way to capture raw moments in life. Most of the moments individuals now share with each other are strange objects, unique scenery, and of course, food. A popular phrase has even been coined, “if you didn’t Snap it, did it really happen?”

But what makes Snapchat so popular? Snapchat encourages sharing personal moments with close friends, despite not physically being with them. Snapchat is widely popular with millennials and centennials due to their love of sharing moments and experiences. Now, combine that attribute with the ability to share 10-seconds worth of content, appealing to the short attention that humanity has developed, is a recipe for success. Snapchat has managed to take all the positive aspects of each big-name social media platform. Further, they’ve incorporated them all into one social media application – photos, videos, filters, emojis, artistic doodles, and text without it permanently being stuck on the web. However, there’s still the option of screenshotting a snap, so think twice before you send that risky photo. Researchers have also found that the way individuals interact accounts for Snapchats success among its users. Interactions are not ‘transactional’ like a text message, or as impersonal as a status update on Facebook and Twitter, but rather more ‘conversational,’ and it has the ability to place users in the exact moment an event occurred.

With all of these amazing features intertwined within Snapchat, some may wonder how does the social media app make money. Snapchat has found an interesting way to disguise ads between Snaps, and stories. Individuals are likely to see ads when they shuffle between stories. However, these ads are not your typical 30-to-60 seconds long. They are shorter, much shorter. They can range anywhere from 5-to-10 seconds long, and the best part is that they can be skipped by users. Contrary to many people’s belief, millennials are less likely to pay for an application than any other generation.

Another reason why Snapchat has become so popular over the years is due to its relevancy. Twitter has an endless stream of tweets, and users often move on to another application before they get a chance to read a tweet from someone they care about. Meanwhile, Facebook feeds are either filled with people that you don’t often consider close friends or click-bait. Click-bait is a coined phrase that describes an interesting title, but redirects to an uninteresting page when clicked. The unfortunate case of Twitter and Facebook is that users spend a lot of time trying to find that small sliver of content that is relevant and interesting to the user. Snapchat is much different. Yes, there is a lot of content on Snapchat that is waiting to be found, but Snapchat allows you to follow, view and receive content from the people you care about. Snapchat even has a section called Discover which is news-like content, and even that section can be editable. Users can select which publications, new stations and TV channels they want to view.

The last reason why Snapchat has become so popular, and probably the most important, the application is just downright fun to use. Users can attach goofy stickers, funky lenses that add a mask, manipulate the structure of your face or add geofilter sliders that indicate which city or location you are in while Snapping. Even the Discover aspect of Snapchat, which is probably the least interesting part, is still more engaging than Twitter Moments – a similar news like attribute.

Team members of Glint regularly use Snapchat, so we decided to conduct an internal survey:

What is it about Snapchat that you like the most?
“I love Snapchat because it allows me to capture raw moments of life. Anyone can record an event and add effects to make it look more appealing, but with Snapchat, the moment itself is appealing; not the effects added to it. It’s authentic and unfiltered. I love using Instagram, but every photo and video I come across looks like a glossy imitation of reality.”

What don’t you like about Snapchat?
“I do not like how you can screenshot users content. I have had friends screenshot embarrassing photos I have sent before, and it would be great if Snapchat could remove that feature. Hint, hint, Snapchat.”

What do you use Snapchat for?
“Initially, I used Snap to send photos and videos, but as Snapchat evolved, so has the way I use it. I now use Snapchat as my preferred method of communication. I use it to for text messages and phone calls. The best part is that the app allows me to add a personal touch to my message specifically tailored for whomever I’m sending a message to.”

Would you ever stop using Snapchat?
“The first step to recovery is acceptance, and I accept that I’m addicted to Snapchat, but I can only see myself stop on the off chance that my friends stop using it. There would be no reason for me use an application if my only form of interaction was viewing other people’s stories. I like sending and receiving content from friends.”

There’s no doubt that Snapchat will become a household name like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It’s interesting to note that Facebook saw the potential of Snapchat just after a year of its creation. Facebook offered Snapchat $3 billion dollars to buy it out, but to many people’s surprise, Snapchat declined the offer. Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion dollars in 2012, and Facebook has made Instagram the number one photo sharing application in the world. Facebook may have had a different plan for Snapchat, but no one is complaining about the potential fate of Snapchat under Facebook control. If you haven’t used Snapchat yet, we encourage you to experiment with your friends, and if we have one recommendation it would be this: if you’re not willing to risk that Snap being screenshotted then don’t send it.